On this occasions I had a very emotional funeral to attend the next day and one of my best friends in Shrewsbury agreed to have lunch with me to try to take my mind off this.
I was first and warmly welcomed by Reuben Crouch. We were given a great table in the window from which I could admire the art work before my friend arrived. She had been at the hairdressers and looked stunning. Affable Adam Crouch was our waiter and brilliant to deal with.
The Lunch Menu
I was interested in the jerk pork belly, black rice, aduki beans & kale or the salt beef sandwich with wasabi mayonnaise but we agree sharing small plates tapas style again was more fun.
We got the chorizo with red peppers & aioli; cured salmon teriyaki style; rare skirt steak with salsa verde; Ludlow blue cheese with chutney; and roast potatoes with aioli.
Tapas Shropshire Style
The tiny roast potatoes, still with their skins, were divine with the garlic & oil aioli and far more than just a side dish. The smokey paprika chorizo had a perfect deep & rich flavour and was delicious with the creamy aioli but you could almost feel your arteries clogging up with this combination.
Skirt steak is prized for its flavour, more than its tenderness, but our dish was perfect in its tangy green herb sauce and the dressed salad that came with it was a welcome addition to our table.
We loved the cured salmon but its teriyaki crust was a little too sweet for us. To fair to C Sons, I find Nobu's signature Black Cod with Miso dish too sweet and so we should probably not have ordered this dish.
The Ludlow blue cheese was moist & mouthwatering with the fig chutney but we were surprised it did not come with bread. When we asked for some we were brought warm chewy porridge bread that was excellent but we were charged separately for it.
Dessert: Our First Damson Ice Cream
We ordered the damson ice cream and were surprised it did not have a more plum-like colour and, just like with the Earl Grey meringue at The Goring, we found it difficult to identify the taste.
The chocolate ice cream was another story. It was the most rich & chocolatey chocolate ice cream I have ever eat and the damson ice cream was perfect with it.
🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻 (5 out of 5 ‘teddies’) - the deep flavour of the chorizo, the moreish roast potatoes, creamy aioli, sublime chocolate ice cream and great service would have broken the 'teddy score' but the 'bread issue' lets this restaurant down. When I ate there with my mother I also had a dish that clearly needed bread and it also had to be requested. My tip:- make sure you book, even for lunch, this restaurant is (rightly) very popular.